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Ben Carson, This Year's Political Novice

Ben Carson was a superstar doctor. What kind of politician does that make him?

Sometimes it's better for a candidate not to say anything.

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Ben Carson, a former pediatric neurosurgeon who announced his presidential candidacy Monday, owes his lively political career to a 2013 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. With President Barack Obama just a few seats away, Carson excoriated the president and went through a list of ills, from political correctness to the national debt.

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